Rent strikers in Hamilton, Ontario were not intimidated when corporate suits showed up at their door demanding rent.
New Zealand/ Aotearoa: With much fanfare the Labour-led government announced in its first budget major changes to supposedly assist beneficiaries who are struggling with housing costs. On April 1st, 2018, the changes, especially to the Accommodation Supplement, took effect but it quickly became apparent the government had given with one hand and taken away with the other.
A piece about the events and aftermath in Hamilton.
Continue reading #Hamilton: Staying Solid through the Flurry: An Anarchist Perspective on the Kirkendall Riot
Every day — whether it’s the landlords charging ever more rent for ever shittier apartments, the boss pushing you to work harder, the business association lobbying for more cops, or just the Audi that cuts you off in rush hour — the rich make our lives worse. Every day we have to deal with their attacks on us, but every once in a while we can find a way to strike back.
Video and a short report about actions against gentrification in Berlin and Wuppertal, Germany.
Dozens of students, faculty and community members protested the attempted land grab of Laney College land by A’s billionaire owner John Fisher. Students, community members, faculty members and community members rallied at the Peralta Community College board meeting and spoke out against privatization of the Laney land.
On September 9 there will be a demonstration in Berlin under the slogan: “To whom does the city belong? Standing together in solidarity against high rents & evictions! – For a grassroots city!” The demonstration at September 9 will start at 02:00pm (14:00) at Oranienplatz in Berlin. On September 8 there will be a decentralizef day of action.
Riot cops are patrolling around the squatted Teppich Fabrik (Carpet factory) in the Friedrichshain district in Berlin. A spokesperson of the cops told German daily that they want to prevent that supporters come to the squat. In Rigaer Strasse tension is high after authorities allowed to block the street for the coming 18 months for another gentrification project.
As rising housing prices push more of us into difficult situations here in Hamilton, it can be hard to find inspiration for how to fight back against gentrification. But just down the 401, anarchists in Montreal have been developing a practice of direct action against businesses involved in gentrifying their neighbourhoods over the past several years. Focused on Hochelaga in the east and Saint-Henri in the south-west, a variety of strategies have emerged that share a common goal of making the territory inhospitable for businesses that try to attract a rich clientele to working-class areas.